• Delve Deep New Zealand South Island

Delve Deep: New Zealand South Island

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Trip Overview

(Previously called: Southern Explorer) TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. Take one week of pure unadulterated Kiwi adventures and turn them into a trip of a lifetime. From the adrenalin-pumping capital of Queenstown to the jaw-dropping scenery of Franz Josef, Milford Sound and Mackenzie Region, this is your chance to see all this great southern island has to offer – with a bunch of mates just as stoked to be here as you are. It’s time to dive in: you ready?

Worth noting…
On this trip, we’ll be staying in a range of local accommodation – mixed-sex couples travelling together may be separated on some nights.

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. Christchurch (South Island, New Zealand)


    One minute you’re stuck in that boring home routine, ‘nek minnit’ you’re landing in Christchurch, meeting a bunch of people who are 100% different but 100% the same. We’re kicking things off with an included group dinner – swap notes on all the weird and wonderful stuff you’re planning to do. Get ready to delve into the South Island’s local hot spots, legendary cities and mind-blowing natural wonders. See you in the morning!

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. Christchurch – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier Region

  3. Franz Josef Glacier Region – Queenstown

  4. Queenstown

  5. Queenstown, including Milford Sound

  6. Queenstown

  7. Queenstown – Arrowtown – Lake Ohau

  8. Lake Ohau – Lake Tekapo – Christchurch


What's included

Included experiences

  • - Visit Hokitika
  • - Visit Lake Matheson
  • - Stay in the scenic Franz Josef region
  • - Scenic cruise on Milford Sound (including lunch)
  • - Mountain biking excursion in Arrowtown
  • - Orientation walk of Christchurch with Trip Leader


- 5 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin, double or triple), 2 nights in a lodge (quad-share). Please note: on nights 1, 2 and 7 (Christchurch, Franz Josef and Lake Ohau) you may stay in larger rooms (up to quad-share) with travellers of the same gender. Mixed-sex couples travelling together may be separated on these nights.


- Air-conditioned minicoach

Optional activities

- FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.

- Glacier Heli-hike excursion in Franz Josef Glacier region: from $485

- Scenic flight over Franz Josef: from $280

- Jet boating in Queenstown: from $129

- Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $199

- Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $205

- Skydiving in Queenstown: from $299

- Funyaking in Queenstown: from $299

- Wilderness Jet adventure in Queenstown: from $209

- Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River: from $199

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

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  • Dean Wa July 2022

    Amazing scenery! Awesome country

  • Olivia Ri July 2022

    Had a great time on the Top Deck NZ South Island trip! As a solo traveller, the tour enabled me to taste a big chunk of the South Island in a short amount of time and travel with likeminded people. Our guide Guy was a great bloke! Always very friendly and helpful. Would have been good to have some more meals and activities included in the trip. Will definitely travel with Top Deck again in the future!

  • Elin March 2019


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